Westfield

Services at St John’s Church: as usual, there will be Holy Communion at 9.30am on Wednesday. Do not miss the tea party in the Vicarage garden on Sunday, August 31 from 3-6pm, with circus skills and games, cakes and a plant swap. Bring your picnic to enjoy while listening to live music from three bands.

Bus services: Sarah Owen, the Labour candidate for MP in Hastings and Rye, and ESCC Councillor John Hodges were the speakers at today’s public meeting to discuss proposals that ESCC should make major cuts to the county’s subsidised bus services - 60% of which are in rural East Sussex. They stressed that a bus service is a service to the community, and undertook to do everything in their power to fight the proposed reductions. For Westfield, the following is proposed Buses 340 and 341 - currently hourly to be cut to every two hours off-peak. Bus 342 - will see one journey a day cut. The Dial-A-Ride service will be cut from five days to two days. To make your views known please contact Sarah Owen; you can find out details about a petition against the changes at www.sarahowen.org.uk/BusCuts. You can also type Don’t Stop Our Bus into Facebook. You can contact Cllr John Hodges at cllr.john.hodges@eastsussex.gov.uk. Please complete the ESCC consultation to make your views known. Did you know that as well as cuts, fare increases of 30% could be introduced? Please also make your views known to MP Amber Rudd at Creative Media Centre, 45 Robertson Street, Hastings TN34 1HL or tel. 01424 205435. Details about a petition against the changes are at www.sarahowen.org.uk/BusCuts. You can also visit Don’t Stop Our Bus in Facebook. To make your views known to MP Amber Rudd contact her at Creative Media Centre, 45 Robertson Street, Hastings TN34 1HL or ring 01424 205435.

Bus Shelter: The long awaited bus shelter has now been erected opposite the shop. We may need it more than ever; have you made your views known about the proposed cuts to our bus service? The ESCC consultation is at https://consultation.eastsussex.gov.uk/economy-transport-environment/organisationsbuschanges . If you are on Facebook, please ‘like’ the campaign page ‘Don’t Stop Our Bus’. You can also make your views known to Labour candidate Sarah Owen or MP Amber Rudd. There are also copies of the petition ‘Don’t Stop Our Bus’ around the village.

Blood unit: The Mobile Blood Unit made its last visit to Westfield on August 6. The service to villages is being withdrawn, and in future donors will need to go to the Hastings Centre or Battle.

The Friendship Club: Fortnightly meetings at the Parish Hall start again on Monday, September 15 from 2-3.30pm. Members can enjoy whist, bingo and Scrabble, a chat over tea and biscuits, and borrow books and puzzles. New members are welcome.

Funday re-runday: Unfortunately Westfield Youth Group’s Free Funday due to take place last Sunday had to be cancelled due to the poor weather. However, it is hoped to run this from 10-2pm on Sunday, September 7, so book the date. Activities will include Bouncy castles, Bungee run, Crazy golf, Inflatable fun, Sumo wrestling and more. There is no charge for the activities, but bring some money for the BBQ, tuck shop and drinks. Call Dan or Min for more details on 07899 917952. Activities will include Bouncy castles, Bungee run, Crazy golf, Inflatable fun, Sumo wrestling and more. Westfield Football Club will be joining for the day, so come along and test your skills and see if you can beat the speed gun with a huge kick! No charge for the activities, but bring some money for the BBQ, tuck shop and drinks. Call Dan or Min for more details on 07899 917952.

Football club: Westfield Football Club has arranged for PASS AND MOVE to host summer football coaching sessions for boys and girls aged over 4 who want to have some fun, learn more about the technical side of football and get out of the house and kick a football around in the summer holidays. Tony and Duncan are both UEFA B (level 3) licensed coaches, and coach to have fun in a safe environment. Sessions are Monday, August 18 to Friday, August 22 inclusive from 9.30am-2pm (£12 per day or £50 for all 5 days) and Monday and Tuesday, September 1 and 2, also 9.30am-2pm (£12 per day or £20 for both). PASS AND MOVE also runs coaching sessions every Saturday at St Leonard’s Academy from 9-10.30am (£3.50) or 9-11.30am (£5). For information about any of these please email Duncan on duncan.jones@live.co.uk, or call Tony on 07545 813 545, or visit Facebook:/PassMoveBattle or see the website, pass-move.com.

Volunteers wanted: Westfield Football Club are still seeking volunteers to help provide local football opportunities at all levels and ages. If you can offer occasional or ongoing support, on or off the pitch, please contact the club via the secretary gillattewell@gmail.com.

Village on the web: Visit the village website www.westfieldvillage.co.uk for information about village organisations, events, Westfield Community Association, the Parish Council, and all sorts of useful links. This is your website, set up to serve the village community, and your contributions, news and views are needed. The website now has details about locally available seasonal produce for sale from home and ‘back garden’ producers. If you have spare eggs, plants, home grown vegetables, etc. for sale (even if only occasionally) and would like to be included in our new website feature, please email clerk@westfieldvillage.co.uk.

Flower festival: St. Laurence Church in Guestling is running its annual flower festival on the 15th, 16th and 17th August. The festival has been running for a number of years, and all proceeds go towards the Church Restoration Fund. The theme for this year’s exhibits is “Another Look at Ladybird Books”. The festival is open each day from 10am until 5:30pm, and as well as the floral exhibits, there will be refreshments (including ploughman’s lunch and cakes); bric-a-brac and book stalls; and a tombola.

Golf fun day: The Rye and District Association of the National Trust invite you to their annual Fun Golf Day at Sedlescombe Golf Club on Friday, August 22. Please contact Marion Brunt on 01424 883566 for details and entry forms. The cost of £40 includes lunch.

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George Sunderland